Mini-me or Minime is a miniature street artist from Melbourne whose work is most easily found on Instagram. Type in findminime
There are many different kinds of miniature street artists in the world. Perhaps the best-known is the British artist and author Slinkachu. Minime’s art is unique in that the viewer is usually the artist – not Minime.
Mini-me is an ephemeral art which tells stories of cities and countryside. Tiny figures are placed temporarily with street art, nature or infrastructure to create stories about architecture, justice, artistry, sustainability, heritage, countryside, society or iconic landscapes. The setting is photographed as an artwork or story-telling often via Instagram and other media.
Minime’s are given free to humans i.e. ‘Big-me’s’ especially children and teenagers. These Big-me’s provide their Mini-me’s with a permanent home and take them on life adventures. Mini-me is their avatar providing a life-long opportunity for storytelling and art. Up to two thousand Mini-me’s are travelling our planet with their Big-me partners, creating stories about their life journeys and the worlds they travel through.
On a conceptual level our tiny Minime’s are survivors in a big scary world. Our art reduces their world to a manageable size just as Big-Me’s do in real life.
Refuge: Mini-me’s symbolise the lost and vulnerable people of our world now rescued into a secure and exciting life with their big protectors.
Respect: Respect for the humanity and dignity of every individual no matter how small in social status is the foundation of a free and fair society.
Sustainability: One ephemeral Mini-me can be re-used a thousand times without damaging the heritage architecture of our lanes and buildings.
People often ask about the source of Mini-me’s. Originally created for use on toy railway sets, they are the tiny ‘public’ – little pedestrians and commuters on the trains or platform or streets. Made in Asia, they are a stereotypical view of what westerners looked like in the 1940s-50s. Thus they represent a cultural view of a world from the past.
Mini-me’s therefore are immigrants who have time-travelled from the 1950s to the 2000’s and are quite bewildered at what they find. Fortunately, big kindly people are at hand to help them adjust to an anxious world. Our era has many challenges. Don’t we all need a little help now and then?